Skywarn is a nationwide network of volunteer weather spotters, trained by National Weather Service (NWS) personnel, who report hazardous weather to local NWS offices. Skywarn is made up of NWS personnel and local citizens. Some of these are ham radio operators, and some are not. Anyone in the general public is welcome to join. So how does one become a weather spotter?
To become a certified weather spotter, you must go through basic weather spotting classes. These classes are created by the NWS, and taught by either NWS personnel or by authorized teachers. Classes are taught at NWS facilities, and sometimes locally. To find out about Skywarn training in your area, contact your local NWS facility.
Skywarn has a Web site that provides information and education about Skywarn and weather spotting. Also, under the training tab, you can find the name and contact information of of the person in charge of Skywarn training in your area.
Another good resource is Skywarn Forum. It is a Web site that provides resources, education, and a well run forum to ask and answer questions relating to weather spotting and storm chasing. If you are interested in weather, this is a great site to visit to see if this is something you want to try out.
For more information, check out the following Web sites:
weather.gov: The official Web site of The National Weather Service.
skywarn.org: The official Web site of Skywarn
skywarnforum.com: The Skywarn Forum's Web site.
noaa.gov: The official Web site for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.